Zepol Corp. released data on the top U.S. port import volumes and international port export volumes for wood furniture from March 2010 through February 2011.
Zepol found that in the U.S., the greatest amount of wood furniture came into Los Angeles, with a total of 54,057.7 TEUs imported. Long Beach, Calif., came in second with a total of 35,910.2 TEUs imported. Charleston, S.C., had the lowest total, at 6,548.67 TEUs imported. Other U.S. port wood furniture import totals were: Savannah, Ga., at 23,937.16 TEUs; New York, at 22,266.39 TEUs; Newark, N.J., at 19,075.18 TEUs; Norfolk, Va., at 14,673.56 TEUs; Seattle, Wash., at 9,869. 45 TEUs; Oakland, Calif., at 9,697.59 TEUs; and Wilmington, N.C., at 8,135.67 TEUs.
Internationally, Singapore exported the greatest volume of wood furniture to the U.S., at 36,877.27 TEUs. China's port city of Yantian came in second with 34,578.7 TEUs exported, and Vung Tau, Vietnam, came in third with 29,718.12 TEUs exported. The slowest international ports for wood furniture exports to the U.S. were Saigon, Vietnam, at 6,989.43 TEUs, and Ning Bo, China, at 5,466.02 TEUs.
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